Abu Dhabi crown prince urges dialogue to solve Yemen tensions

He called on Yemeni factions to "carry out talks to reach a consensus that is in the best interest of Yemen and its people."
Monday 12/08/2019
Yemen's southern separatist troops man checkpoints in Aden, Yemen August 12, 2019. (Reuters)
Yemen's southern separatist troops man checkpoints in Aden, Yemen August 12, 2019. (Reuters)

Abu Dhabi's crown prince visited Saudi Arabia on Monday and called for dialogue to resolve tensions in Yemen. 

Speaking after meeting Saudi Arabia's King Salman near Mecca on Monday, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan said dialogue was "the only way to resolve differences between Yemenis."

In a statement carried by the Emirates' official WAM news agency, the crown prince during his brief visit backed a Saudi call for an urgent meeting between the warring parties, saying it "embodies the common concern for Yemen's stability."

Prince Mohammed also urged Yemeni factions to "seize this opportunity, and carry out talks to reach a consensus that is in the best interest of Yemen and its people."

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also attended the meeting, held separate talks with his Emirati counterpart, according to a Saudi foreign ministry tweet.

They "reviewed the close relations between the two brotherly countries," the situation in Yemen and "the various efforts towards achieving security and stability," it said.

Riyadh has called for dialogue and a ceasefire, which both the Yemeni government and separatists have said they support.

Since 2015, fighting between the Iran-backed Houthis and Yemeni loyalists backed by the Saudi-led coalition has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, aid agencies say.

(AFP)